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Careful not to ruin the incubator of "Roche" success- Genentech

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Current Employee - Director  in  Nutley, NJ
Current Employee - Director in Nutley, NJ

I have been working at Roche

Pros

Diversity and GLobal presence of its culture

Cons

Euro centric work culture and processes;
Lack of corresponding respect for vast differences in US work culture

Advice to ManagementAdvice

There is a belief that ROche is not that different than Genetech
In fact, ROche is a Euro beauracracy and needs to adapt the success model
which has worked so successfully for Genentech-it is not luck

Recommends
No opinion of CEO

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    Closing Roche Palo Alto

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Roche

    Pros

    The location is great, and the people are great. The last few years there has been an effort to grow organically, and hire new young talent. There used to be a pension, but they discontinued it for new hires. It is one of the biggest pharma companies out there, and they are partnering with many small biotechs to bring exciting new medicines to market. Unfortunately, all of the compounds discovered at Roche (that are not from Basel) get killed the slow death from lack of support, delays and fear of the unknown. There are very few people left in big pharma who actually know what it takes to get drugs on the market.

    Cons

    The Genentech buy out will close my site in Palo Alto. But worse than that, our pipeline is completely inverted, and has been for 5 years. We have more phase 3 and 4's than we have new molecules. That is very costly, and the highest levels of management have not let good molecules go forward due to lack of funds. This will kill the company before 2015.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be careful what you wish for. if you manage to cut your costs and people too much, you will no longer be attractive as a pharma partner because you will be unable to meet delivery timelines. And let's face it, in licensed products make up a big chunk of your pipeline.

    outsourcing is not the answer you think it is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Successfull Drug Giant

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    Current Employee - Senior Director
    Current Employee - Senior Director

    I have been working at Roche

    Pros

    Roche is a very Successful company, compared to all the other pharma corporations out there in the world. the drug pipeline looks promising, espceially with all the Genentech stuff.

    Cons

    Roche is very bureaucratic and slow moving company. The Swiss culture certainly is visible and most decsions are taken centrally after months of discussions. While top management is OK, the next level of management in the headquarter is of mixed competence. The recent Genentaech announcement is a downer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a close look at the various levels of management in the organziation in the headquarter. There is a clear lack of inspirational abilities.

    No opinion of CEO
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